Friday, February 24, 2012

Man's Best Friend How to choose one?

So you have decided to keep a pet dog. That is a great decision you have taken. People with pets, especially dogs tend to be healthier and happier, and suffer less from depression, stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, and loneliness than those without a pet. A close relationship with a dog can provide you with years of protection, companionship, and unconditional love.

While the rewards of owning a dog are greater than any other pet, so are the responsibilities! All dogs need daily outdoor exercise, regular medical check-ups, and a lot of attention from their owners. To make sure you find the perfect canine friend, it’s important to choose a dog that best fits in with your lifestyle.

Think over, when you choose the right dog, so as to be careful not to pick one that doesn't suit or doesn't get used to the type of house you have. Even though it might sound logical that a smaller dog would be happier than a larger one in an apartment or a  small house without a yard, that isn’t necessarily true.

All dogs, whatever size and breed they are of, need daily exercise and outdoor activity, but some dogs need a little more exercise than others do. There’s no denying that puppies are adorable, but along with the cuteness comes added responsibility. Puppies require more time and attention for house training and behavior training, which may include patiently tolerating  their clumsy phases, where they might end up chewing every possible stuff,.

Given these reasons and the likes, people who don’t have time to meet a puppy’s needs or prefer not to deal with training, often decide to adopt an older dog. Additionally, small children or elderly adults in your family may not have the patience or ability to manage a puppy’s exuberance.

Another choice may be between a purebred or mixed breed. Some people prefer purebred dogs because they enjoy participating in dog shows, or are drawn to the look or characteristics of a particular breed. Other people prefer dogs of mixed breed, of unique kind. Adopting a dog that needs a good home, whether it’s a puppy or mature dog, a purebred or a mixed breed, can be very rewarding. Some people say adopted dogs exhibit a special bond and appreciation for their owners.

Breeders, shelters, and rescue organizations usually let prospective owners meet and interact with available dogs. It is recommended that you visit the dog a couple of times to best gauge a dog’s temperament before making a decision. Ask the breeder or rescue handler about a dog or puppy’s characteristics. They should be able to tell you if a dog is good with other pets or children. When selecting a puppy, kneel on the ground and call the puppy to you. Click your fingers to get the puppy's attention. If he comes quickly, he may have a strong attachment to people. If he stops to smell the flowers along the way, he may have an independent streak. If he doesn't come at all, it may be a sign that he’ll have difficulty forming a bond with people.

See how a dog responds when you have the chance to be with him in a pen or petting area. A dog that approaches you and wants to play may make a friendly pet. One that hides or is not approachable may require more work and time to become a good companion. Now that you are able to make out the instincts of the pet, you can go ahead and pick up the perfect pet.


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